Pilot hi-tec-c coleto, how I love you

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I have always been fond of office supplies. In fact, I can get a little freaky about office supplies, particularly pens. I am not as obsessed as this guy, but that’s mostly because I am too lazy (and perhaps dimwitted) to be an expert on anything.
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But back to the pen thing. A while back I discovered Jet Pens, an online vendor of, can you guess? They specialize in Japanese writing implements, and the site is addictive. Jet Pens recently started a flickr group. I recently received a sample of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto multipen. I already had one, which means now I have TWO, one with 0.4mm ink cartridges and one with 0.5mm. I have to say that right now the Pilot Hi-Tec-C pens are my favorite. They produce a perfect fine line and come in various configurations (I am also a big fan of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim Knock, a mini pen). As you can see, the 0.5mm creates a thicker line than the 0.4mm. I love them both, but I think I prefer the 0.4mm by a hair.
I could go on and on about the Pilot Hi-Tec-C (okay, so maybe I have already), but I also want to share with you my discovery of the best ballpoint pen EVAH.
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May I present the Uni-ball Jetstream Sport! This is the slickest, smoothest ballpoint pen I have ever used (and apparently other people like it, too, because they are sold out on Jet Pens right now). It glides like a roller ball. Now, if you are desperate to try this pen, which you should be, I have a little tip for you–get thee to your local office supply or Target-like store and look for the four-packs of the Uni-Ball Jetstream Sport pens. The package will say they are roller balls, but guess what? They are ballpoint pens. They are the same as the ones offered on Jet Pens but for one crucial difference: the ones on Jet Pens are 0.7mm, while the ones available in the United States are 1.0mm (a medium line). I highly recommend the 0.7mm ones, but the 1.0mm ones work great as well.

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19 Responses to Pilot hi-tec-c coleto, how I love you

  1. splatgirl says:

    So you and your people have the pen thing all cornered, too? I seriously thought I was abnormal until the internets came along and helped me figure out that there is an entire people who seem to be as obsessed with detail minutiae in every category as I am. But even Japanese PENS are better?
    Argh. It is so sad here.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Japan is pen heaven, no? When I discovered Hi-Tec pens years ago, I knew I had found gold. But I have not tried a Jetstream pen yet. Must check it out. I was always amazed at how fine and precise the lines can be with the .4 size.
    You’ve been to Itoya before, right (the best one is in Ginza)? Office supply addicts unite.

  3. Mima says:

    It is true that Japanese office supplies are the best! I am a Japanese and have lived in the States last 20 years and my 16 year old son is crazy about them! Check out uni-ball Signo 0.28mm. They even have 0.18mm. The color selection is great, too! Also, Pentel Slicci 0.25mm series are another very popular pens in Japan as well.

  4. eliza says:

    hahaha, i’ve never met someone as fanatical about pens as i am!
    the jetstream is my fav pen too!

  5. Emma says:

    Awesome, pen discussion! I love stationary! I have found my favourite pens are these big chunky ones that places & companies seem to give away for free as promotions. They’re so comfy to hold and write nicely. But it’s annoying because I can’t buy them, just have to wait til I come across a freebie!
    Oh and if you’re still planning to make undies aka knickers aka panties, I thought you may be interested in this that I came across, a knicker-making session by a craft group here in Melbourne: http://kaotickraftkuties.blogspot.com/2008/09/knicker-makers-you-rock.html 😉

  6. Susan M says:

    My family and I swear we are reincarnated, having once been together in a Japanese life. These pens look awesome! Because I have two teenagers, I have to keep all my office supplies in a pink, plastic container with a tight fitting lid, with a sign on it that says, “Don’t even think about it!”

  7. wakana says:

    i love, love, love japanese pens, pencils, and erasers, too! i buy a bundle when i go back to japan or ask to get some for me when somebody goes over there. i also like the pens that i find at doctor’s offices here in the states, also. those drug-ad pens write really smoothly.

  8. Jaime says:

    Muji pens also rock!

  9. sara says:

    Awww man….wish you hadn’t told me about this. I love Japanese pens and now I’m no where hear a Kinokuniya! (One of many reasons I was super sad to leave Seattle!) Thank goodness for on-line retailers I guess….new job is going swell so far but the stock pens in my office kinda suck.

  10. aimee noel says:

    I’m always up for a new pen to try. Next time I’m sent to the local office supply store for work I’ll have to check those pens out. I like office supplies an awful lot! (I got excited when I found a better stapler at an empty desk, so I made the switch)

  11. freecia says:

    Heh. I go down the freeway to Maido in Santana Row (San Jose) for my Japanese pen fix. And the friend who gave me TWO Coleto’s and an ENTIRE package of the all the refill colors? He’s awesome.
    Maido is also in the SF Westfield near the 4th floor Borders bookstore and sister to the Kinokuniya Stationary in SF and inside the SJ bookstore branch.
    BTW, I have both those pens you just blogged about and agree that they’re pretty awesome. My go to pen is the Pilot Multiball in fine, though. It’s a permanent roller ball in different colors. Not quite as cute but very durable and cheap.

  12. amy in az says:

    O M G! Thank you for the most Awesome post– EVAH! I am a huge advocate for good pens/office supplies– and thru your chain of links found the pdf for the rad paper pen addict writes on– lines and grids together! (better than the french school paper I have been hoarding for 6 years) You rock.

  13. you would think that an obsession with pens (and things stationary) would be an oddity, but..NOT!!
    I am one of the neighborhood leaders and at the beginning of the year we all get a new pen. It’s a uni Laknock… 0.7 and it is a slick pen. Who knew that Japanese pens were so great. I just went back to the states and stocked up on SHARPIES!!!!!…I too love pens and rulers and stuff like that.

  14. Lydia says:

    My go-to pen is the Pilot G-2 Gel Ink Pen (0.5 mm) (blue). I’m very particular. I find I think differently when I write with different pens (and paper). Some people just don’t understand how much of a difference a good pen can make.

  15. omg i am office supply nut too! i looooooove office supplies! ESPECIALLY PENS! *drool* thanks for the site link. Japanese pens rock.

  16. Lydia says:

    Ooohh! I have a Pilot Hi-Tec C 0.3, too, but it’s not Coletto, and it was my fave until I bought a Zebra Techno Line O.4 at Kinokuniya recently—love it!

  17. carol says:

    I have always been very picky about my pens.
    i recently went to Paris and brought along the jetstream to write notes/directions/names of places/etc…in my moleskin, what a GREAT pen…smooth, never smudges, clear and precise…no problems getting it thru security
    thanks for the website and the names of other great japanese pens….
    we pen/stationary addicts have to stick together!!

  18. molly says:

    I am totally crazed about office supplies too, especially pens. Those jetstreams are amazing. One of my old co-workers gave me one as a goodbye present and it is the best pen in the world! I will have to try those Hi-tec-c coletos.

  19. Seanna Lea says:

    I love pens (and paper and anything else stationery related), but my writing is often referred to as wee, so I need a good fine tip pen most of the time. Otherwise, it just gets too blotchy for easy reading!
    I don’t think I’ve seen the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coletos around, but I’ve always liked the Pilot pen line from when I was just a teen with the multicolor writing habit!

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